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Young Leaders (The Hive)

The Mid Herts Hive

What is The Hive?

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is an opportunity for young people aged 14-18 to volunteer with their local Beaver, Cub or Scout sections. All young leaders must be a member of a young leaders unit and in Mid Herts, that unit is called The Mid Herts Hive.

What does The Hive get up to?

The Hive meets several times a year to complete the Modules A-K which include everything from taking the lead, programme planning and first aid. Module A is essential, usually completed in one evening and should be completed by all young volunteers within 3 months of becoming a young leader. We plan camping weekends to complete other modules, which allow young leaders across the district to meet and share ideas.

Who do we work with?

Being part of the young leader scheme helps fulfil the service elements of the explorer level awards. ESYLs are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. A valuable asset to any leadership team, ESYLs play an active role in the section, bringing a range of fresh ideas to the table, and acting as positive role models for the young people they work alongside.

What if I am not in scouts?

Although the Scheme is open to explorer scouts it is also available to young people from outside Scouting can also participate if they are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards or Queen’s Guide Award. They can do this by volunteering as non-members for a set period of time. For example, if they are completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, they can volunteer as a non-member for three to six months (the time required for the Bronze DofE volunteering section).

How are we recognised when we complete our training?

The ESYLs’ Scheme is the training programme for ESYLs. It contains 11 modules and four missions for ESYLs to work through whilst volunteering in their chosen section. Modules give ESYLs the skills and knowledge to be successful in their role, while missions allow them to put everything into practice with support. Recognition of achievement is available along the way, and on completion of the Scheme, the ESYL is awarded with an ESYL belt buckle.

Meet the Team

The young leaders are, of course, a part of the team. But this would be possible without the support by young leader managers who help to plan and run the Unit. In Mid Herts these are Simone Roberts, Amy Routledge and Kayleigh Malone. If you are interested in becoming a part of HIVE you can contact us

I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls